Sandy, an avid runner, came in second place to a very aggressive form of cancer on Sunday, May 12, 2013 in Williamsburg, surrounded by her family. Those that knew her knew she was, in fact, a true winner in every way.
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Sandy was born to the late William E. and Ruth H. Hull in the far West Texas oil patch of Iraan on July 5, 1936. In high school she was a very popular student, volleyball player, and cheerleader in the Iraan Class of '54. She then attended Tarleton State College in Stephensville, Tx. In her first days at school, she met her future husband, a college athlete. Her mother gave a warning, "If you marry Bill, you better like sports." They were married in Millbrae, Ca. on Aug. 12, 1955, while he was playing semi-pro baseball in San Francisco.
They returned to the A&M College of Texas, where she worked and gave birth to their son, Ron (A&M Class of '78). Following Bill's graduation, they started a twenty-five year career, directed by the Department of the Army Travel Agency. Assignments took them to six states and tours in Munich, Germany and Okinawa, Japan. She never hesitated to support her husband's organizations with work in the Officers Wives Club and The American Red Cross, supporting the wounded from Vietnam and their families, all while being a stay-at-home mother while Bill served four years on combat tours in Vietnam and a year in Korea.
In 1975 she returned to college and earned an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice (Juvenile Corrections). After Bill's military retirement in 1978, she entered the legal world as a legal secretary and later as a legal assistant. Her disarming personality could smooth the most irate client, a trait which was valued by every one of her bosses.
Following their second retirement in July 1999, they relocated to Williamsburg to be with family, watch the grandkids grow up, and to go to their ballgames. And did they go to their ballgames! With one granddaughter and two grandsons playing at least three sports, Sandy became a fixture at most middle and high school sporting events.
She is survived by her husband, LTC William Boyd (Ret) of Williamsburg; son, Ron and his wife, Beth, of Williamsburg; grandchildren, Brad, Lindsay and J.J., all of Williamsburg; her brother, Bill and his wife, Honey, of Houston; sisters-in-law, Patricia Boyd, of Redwood City, Ca.; Evelyn Klein and her husband, Ernie, of Redwood City, Ca.; and Dianna Sides and her husband, Bill, of Benton, Wi.; and brother-in-law, Patrick Boyd and his wife, Debbie, of Gilroy, Ca.
The family would like to thank her friends and neighbors in the Foxfield Homeowners Association, the high school and college coaches and officials that support the Virginia Association of USA Track and Field and the Virginia High School League, the Special Forces Association, her friends from the legal community in both Austin and Dallas, and all her early morning workout buddies at the James City Recreation Center. Their cards, flowers, and prayers were very much appreciated.
The family will receive friends 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15 at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd, Williamsburg. A Mass of the resurrection will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 16 at St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Rd, Williamsburg, with interment following at Williamsburg Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cal Farley's Boys and Girls Ranch, P.O. Box 1890, Amarillo, Tx. 79174; Father Flanagan's Boys Home, 234 Monsky Dr., Boys Town, Ne. 68010-9988; or the JHS Athletic Booster Club, Jamestown High School, 3751 John Tyler Hwy, Williamsburg, VA 23185.
In short, she was one great lady! Online condolences may be expressed at www.nelsencares.com and www.vagazette.com .
Published in Virginia Gazette from May 15 to June 14, 2013